Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 60

COLUMN The (Way) Back Beat
A young Bob
Hartman with his
"biggest blunder,"
in Chicago, 1965.

Hartman in the early
'90s with a piece of
the Larson legacy.

Bob's search for
enlightenment hasn't
Stefan Grossman
and John Renborn
always run a straight
with Larsons,
path.
circa 1980.
"In 1964, I ran
across a guitar player
in one of Chicago's
hillbilly bars," he
said. "He sat with me
during his break, and
I told him what little
I knew of the guitars
my grandfather and
great-uncle had created years earlier.
Coincidentally, he'd
been to the shop as
a kid and even had a
friend who had a Euphonon guitar. Until
then, I hadn't heard of
Euphonon, Maurer,
Stahl or Dyer.
"His friend needed
quick cash, so I bought the lovely pearltrimmed dreadnought for $100. Even if it
hadn't been made by the Larsons, it was a
sweet guitar. I asked my mother and uncles
if they'd heard the Euphonon name, but they
hadn't. Fool that I was, months later, I traded
the same guy for a beat up Jazzmaster because
I wanted to play lead. It wasn't until 1980, after

educating myself on the Larsons' brands, that
I discovered a second Euphonon as validation
of my biggest blunder!"
Fortunately, the history is now well-documented. A few people are still around, but the
instruments tell the story, and new discoveries
are still being made. One question concerns
the total of Larson creations. Some time ago,

VINTAGE GUITAR

60

September 2018

estimates were about
10,000, but after years
of cataloging and
assessing serial-number data, Bob feels
the brothers made
only about 2,000; a
sizable portion have
survived in playable
condition and are
now preserved. The
variety of body styles
and sizes means their
sonic legacy includes
an array of tones;
in comparison to
more-familiar instruments, a distinctive "Larson sound"
is shimmering and
incisive, but sweetly
rounded.
In recent years,
there have been modern instruments inspired by Larson designs,
some coming closer to capturing the sound
and aesthetic. Still, actual Larson Brothers
instruments - built entirely by hand by two
taciturn and unassuming Swedish immigrants - remain among America's greatest
fretted treasures. Ask anyone lucky enough
to own one!


http://www.vintageguitar.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open

Contents
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - Cover
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - IFC
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 3
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 4
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 5
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 6
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 7
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 8
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 9
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - Contents
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 11
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 12
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 13
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 14
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 15
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 16
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 17
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 18
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 19
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 20
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 21
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 22
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 23
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 24
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 25
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 26
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 27
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 28
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 29
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 30
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 31
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 32
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 33
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 34
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 35
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 36
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 37
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 38
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 39
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 40
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 41
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 42
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 43
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 44
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 45
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 46
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 47
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 48
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 49
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 50
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 51
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 52
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 53
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 54
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 55
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 56
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 57
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 58
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 59
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 60
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 61
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 62
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 63
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 64
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 65
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 66
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 67
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 68
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 69
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 70
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 71
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 72
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 73
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 74
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 75
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 76
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 77
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 78
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 79
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 80
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 81
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 82
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 83
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 84
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 85
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 86
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 87
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 88
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 89
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 90
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 91
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 92
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 93
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 94
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 95
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 96
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 97
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 98
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 99
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 100
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 101
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 102
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 103
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 104
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 105
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 106
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 107
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 108
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 109
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 110
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 111
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 112
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 113
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 114
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 115
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 116
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 117
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 118
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 119
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 120
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 121
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 122
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 123
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 124
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 125
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 126
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 127
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 128
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 129
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 130
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 131
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 132
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 133
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 134
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 135
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 136
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 137
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - 138
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - IBC
Vintage Guitar - September 2018 - Open - BC
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201903_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201902_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201901_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201812_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201811_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201810_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201809_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201808_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201807_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201805_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201804_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201803_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201802_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201801_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/2018priceguide_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201712_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201711_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201710_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201709_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201708_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201707_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201706_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201705_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201704_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201703_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201702_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201701_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201612_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201611_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201609_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201607_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201606_v2
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com